- 1A religious or solemn ceremony consisting of a series of actions performed according to a prescribed order: ancient fertility rituals [mass noun]: the role of ritual in religionMore example sentences
- They bring in priests and religious officials to perform rituals over the garrison, hoping it will drive me away.
- The couple begins their wedding day with a religious ritual in the early morning and by receiving blessings from monks.
- They cheer US forces for bringing down a despised regime and delight in their newfound freedom to talk frankly or celebrate long-forbidden religious rituals.
- 1.1A prescribed order for performing a ritual ceremony, especially one characteristic of a particular religion or Church: she likes the High Church ritualMore example sentences
- For Catholics the ‘works’ of the sacraments necessarily involved the physical rituals prescribed by the Church.
- The liturgicals saw the road to salvation in joining the particular church, obeying its rituals, and making use of its sacraments; the individual was not alone with only his emotions and the state to protect him.
- A woman who decides not to observe the rituals and customs dictated by religion has always been seen as a harbinger of conflict, disorder and pain within a family.
- 1.2A series of actions or type of behaviour regularly and invariably followed by someone: her visits to Joy became a ritualMore example sentences
- He finished his other routine hygiene rituals, meticulously following some unwritten agenda.
- She likes everything to be in the right place at the right time, and she has these rituals which she always follows.
- Checking the soccer results was a ritual they followed most Saturday evenings during the soccer season.
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- 1Relating to or done as a religious or solemn rite: ritual burial a ritual murderMore example sentences
- His duties are to lead prayers and to perform ritual sacrifices on religious holidays and special occasions.
- Tantra set out ritual practices, religious proscriptions, yogic techniques, and philosophical doctrine.
- At the centre of religious and ritual practice is a division between ‘this’ and ‘the other’ world.
- 1.1(Of an action) arising from convention or habit: the players gathered for the ritual pre-match huddleMore example sentences
- As I grew, the dream seemed to come every month or so, like a ritual meeting, I later found that every full moon I would have the dream.
- The surreal ritual humiliation endured as he denounced me while completing my $31 purchase.
- The ritual humiliation and abuse begin immediately and rapidly threaten to spiral out of control.
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- There were no ritually prescribed daily prayers for which one had to prepare oneself by ritual cleansing.
- Traditional carvers would regard their wood splitting as evidence of malignant spirits and would be careful to ritually burn or bury an abandoned sculpture; to simply throw it away would be to risk nightmares and illness.
- Maya altars, we have seen, were constructions of ritually assembled goods.
late 16th century (as an adjective): from Latin ritualis, from ritus (see rite).